Wellcome – Mathematical Models for Infectious Disease Dynamics

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Over the last two decades, mathematical models have seen a huge development in all aspects of infectious diseases, from microbiology to epidemiology and evolution. Professionals in these fields are now exposed to a wide range of models, often without receiving appropriate training.

This intensive, two-week course combines lectures, discussions and hands-on computational practicals and is aimed at any life scientist, public health officer, or medical or veterinary professional with an interest in quantitative approaches to infectious disease dynamics and control in humans or animals.

The basic concepts of the course are applied largely to human infectious disease systems, with reference to more general applications in wildlife, livestock and plant systems. The course has a strong emphasis on building practical skills using the programming software R and RStudio. The course starts with an introduction to computer programming from first principles, but participants who are not familiar with R are encouraged to learn the language basics (data analysis, vector manipulation and graphics) before attending. Please note: The course is not aimed at scientists with extensive experience in modelling or with a strongly theoretical background. Applicants whose research project involves the use of models or interactions with modellers will be selected in priority.

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